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Crawley could hand Rene Gilmartin his debut in the game.

The 24-year-old goalkeeper, who has joined the Red Devils on loan from Championship side Watford until the end of March, will battle it out with Dutchman Michel Kuipers for the number one jersey in the absence of injured first-choice shot-stopper Scott Shearer.

Manager Steve Evans received a blow on Wednesday evening with the news that Shearer requires surgery on his knee and will be occupying the sidelines for some time.

Evans is also without cup-tied strike partners Karl Hawley and Billy Clarke, who both signed on deadline day to fill the void created by Matt Tubbs’ move to Bournemouth.

Midfielder Josh Simpson came off the bench in Tuesday’s defeat to Swindon and may be handed a starting role.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis will make changes to the side beaten 1-0 by Valencia in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Robert Huth will sit out the second of his three-match domestic suspension so Matthew Upson could be involved after serving a European ban.

Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is likely to keep his place.

Pulis must check on the fitness of midfielder Dean Whitehead after he sustained a nasty gash to his leg in a challenge with Tino Costa that the Potters boss felt should have produced a red card.

Stoke (from): Sorensen, Begovic, Wilkinson, Collins, Upson, Woodgate, Shawcross, Wilson, Shotton, Diao, Delap, Whitehead, Arismendi, Palacios, Whelan, Pennant, Etherington, Walters, Crouch, Jones, Fuller, Jerome.

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